338_God's Spirit comes (Pentecost Streamers)

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Acts 1-2.
The Children’s Bible in 365 Stories by Mary Batchelor page 384
‘The Day of Pentecost’ (see Printables)


Setting the scene and a starter question_3 mins 
Find the New Testament section in a Bible.
Show and talk about ‘The Early Church FlashCards’ card one 

Question:  Can you work out how many days there are in seven weeks? Is your answer forty-nine?


Tell the story with props_4 mins
Click on the images at the beginning of this post for more resources from the web

  • A calendar
  • Pentecost/Pentekostos sign (see Printables)
  • ‘Three in One’ symbol (see Printables)
  • Dividing flame shapes (see Printables)
  • A children’s French/English dictionary or alternative

Clarify that the flame shapes in the story were safe; they were not hot and didn’t hurt anybody.  Remind the children that they must not play near fires and never touch matches or lit candles.


Story Activity_6 mins
Option 1_Enjoy the puzzles in this weeks Dead Sea Comic Caper (see Printables)

Option 2_ Make an upper room with darting flames
You will need: A cardboard box, toy figures, small flame shapes (see Printables), drinking straws, sticky tape, colouring pencils, scissors, a tea towel and cotton thread.

1. Colour in and cut out the small flames. Cut the cotton thread into 25 cm lengths. Use the sticky tape to stick flames to both ends of the cotton thread. Wrap the central part of the thread around a drinking     straw so that the flames hang down and move about freely.



2.  Make an ‘upper-room’ by placing the cardboard box on its side and arranging a folded tea towel on the     ‘floor’. Stand the figures on the tea towel. Pass the straws through the holes in the side of the box so the flames are hanging down inside the room. Encourage the children to make the flames dart around     and rest on the figures.

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Tell the story using the toy figures. At the appropriate point make the flames dart around encouraging the children to add their own sound effects.


Reflective prayer_2 mins  
Father God, we imagine the noise of the wind rushing through the house where the disciples were praying. We picture the flame-shapes darting across the room and heading for each of the disciples. Father we imagine the disciples' joy as they realised the gift they had been waiting for had arrived.

Father God, we thank You that when Jesus went up, the Holy Spirit came down. Father thank You that You did not leave the disciples on their own but sent Your Spirit to be with them in a powerful and amazing way. 

Thank you that in the same way Your Holy Spirit was with the disciples He can be with us today. Thank You that just as the disciples received the Spirit’s gifts and were changed from the inside out we too can be changed by the power of the Holy Spirit as we learn and grow to live the way You created us to live.  Amen.



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Pentecost streamers


You will need:
Orange, red and yellow crêpe paper
‘How to make Pentecost streamers’ instructions (see Printables)
String cut into 30cm lengths – enough for one length per child
Sticky tape


How to prepare:
Make a Pentecost Streamer to show the children what they are about to make. 
NB. It may be easier if the children worked in pairs to make their streamers


How to make Pentecost streamers:


1. Cut the crêpe paper into strips approximately 4.5 cm in width and 2 m in length. Roll up the strips to make them easier for the children to handle.
2. Choose two different coloured strips (e.g. orange and yellow) and place them at right angles to each other as shown in the picture. Use two small pieces of sticky tape to secure the strips together in this position. 
3. Pass the orange strip from the right to the left as shown in the picture. 
4. Pass the yellow strip from the top to the bottom as shown in the picture. 
5. Pass the orange strip from the left to the right as shown in the picture.
6. Pass the yellow strip from the bottom to the top as shown in the picture.
7. Repeat steps four to seven until you reach the end of the paper strips. Secure the end pieces together with two pieces of sticky tape. 
8. Open out your Pentecost streamer and stick a piece of string to the end.
10. Hang the streamers up around your teaching space or stick a piece of string to the end of the streamers so that the children can whirl them around. 



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